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WILLOW WEAVING WORKSHOPS AT THE OLD BREWERY STUDIOS 2020

In August we moved into a beautiful new workshop situated in the heart of our village. Kirk and I now have a fantastic space in which to work on our commissions as well as to teach from. We have been enjoying weaving in the space throughout summer, the natural light is wonderful, and we are surrounded by fantastic architecture and gardens.  On sale will be baskets and sculpture, basketry books, tools and materials.

Throughout 2020 we will be providing traditional and contemporary basketry workshops as well as sculpture and garden structure workshops. We have introduced a new Tuesday class, held once a month for those of you wishing to work on projects of your choice.  As usual all workshops are suitable for beginners, improvers and advanced students. We have also reduced our class sizes to a maximum of 8 students. On all two and three day workshops we provide a delicious, home made vegan soup with fresh bread from our village bakery. To book a place on a workshop, fill out a booking form

Add height to your garden. Suitable for growing climbing plants such as sweet peas and clematis, or runner beans. Prices start at £28 for a standard ‘banded climber’ 6’ high x 30cm diameter at the base.

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS

Each class has a specific technique for you to learn. Projects are seasonal and willow is specifically selected for these different structures. Also learn how to select and prepare the willow when making these structures. Cost is £75 per day, includes materials, bring your own lunch. 10am - 4pm

SATURDAY 22ND FEBURARY BASKETMAKING WITH GREEN WILLOWS
Learn how to build a frame basket using hoops and ‘ribs’. Weave colour into your baskets by adding freshly cut willows grown in King’s Cliffe. Learn how to make hoops, practice ‘slyping’ with a knife and build your shape by positioning ‘ribs’ correctly. These baskets were originally made by gypsies and farmers, occasionally using foraged hedgerow materials to weave with.

SATURDAY 18th APRIL PLANT SUPPORTS FOR YOUR GARDEN
You can make two plant supports in one day. There are a few designs to choose from. Learn two basic basketry weaves; 3 rod wale and pairing. Also learn how to control the shape of your structure plus two different ways of binding rods.

SUN 18TH OCTOBER & SAT 28TH NOV PHEASANT, GOOSE OR DUCK SCULPTURE
There is an extra £15 cost for your metal frame and log stand. Choose from a pheasant, goose or duck sculpture. Each sculpture has a 6mm or 8mm metal frame (provided) which is secured into a log stand. Learn how to weave over the frame adding texture and detail using a variety of coloured willows. You can also learn how to use the willow effectively to give a fluid-like finish to your sculpture.

TWO DAY WORKSHOPS

BASKETMAKING
Spend the weekend submerged in basketmaking! Use a variety of Somerset willows and King’s Cliffe willows to make traditional or contemporary baskets. For example, beginners can make a small round basket with a handle, while intermediate/advanced students can make log baskets or practice oval or square work with more advanced techniques such as partitions, lids, handles or fastenings.

Cost £150 includes materials, lunch, tea and coffee. 10 am till 4.30pm.

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February
Thursday 26th and Friday 27th March
Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd May
Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November

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SCULPTURE WEEKENDS

Spend two creative days weaving large or small scale sculpture of your choice. You can work on figurative or non-figurative pieces for your garden or home. Learn how to build a framework and weave using the interlace technique over a metal armature. Practice using willow effectively to build form and fluid surface textures. Place your order for frame/s when you book.

If you want to purchase additional frames, we have a small selection in stock throughout the year.

Costs for metal frames (please place your order in advance of the workshop):

Large frame (stag or deer) £15
Medium frame (sheep/goat/pig) £10
Complex frames (leaping hare in a log stand / fox) £18
Bird frame in log stand (heron/goose/pheasant) £1

Call or email to discuss any design ideas you might have, an individual steel frame can be made for you, but costs vary according to size and complexity. Children over 12 years welcome, cost per child £100

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th April
Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September

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GARDEN STRUCTURE WEEKENDS

You can attend one day or both days of these two weekend workshops. Cost is £75 per day, which includes materials, lunch and refreshments. Choose from a wide variety of garden structures. It is possible to make 2 -3 structures per day. There are three designs of plant climber, peony/dahlia cloches, two types of bird feeders, dragonfly sculptures and lanterns. Bird tables take a whole day and have a solid base with a woven roof. Make a variety of structures or you may wish to try out your own design.

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March (On this date you can also make plaited trees using living willow)

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May

CHRISTMAS WEAVING DATES

Choose from a selection of Christmas items with designs from all over Europe to give a warm, natural feel to your home throughout the season. You can attend one or both days of these Christmas workshops. Cost is £75 per day including festive lunch and refreshments. (you might like to invite a designated driver !)

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th November

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THREE DAY WORKSHOPS

These three day workshops are created so that you can spend time working on a project of your choice. You may wish to improve on a technique by repeating a certain basket or weave or you could remake a favourite basket. If you are a beginner you can relax and weave at a slower pace on a traditional or contemporary basket. Intermediate or advanced weavers may wish to use the opportunity to try a more challenging technique.

Alternatively, you can concentrate on sculpture or structures for your garden. I can help you with designs or you may be inspired by an item at the workshop.

There is a maximum of 6 students on the course. I can provide details of local guest houses and lunch is provided each day. We start at 10 am and finish at 5pm.

Cost £225 per person. Materials are not included in the cost of the workshop, on average materials costs can range between £15 and £30.

Winter School 29th, 30th and 31st January
Spring School 29th and 30th April and 1st May
Summer School 29th, 30th and 31st July
Autumn School 29th, 30th and 31st October

TUESDAY WORKSHOPS

Come along to one or a set of three Tuesday workshops, held one day a month. They are open workshops, so you can work on any project of your choice. If you have booked 3 Tuesdays in a row you may wish to work on a larger basket or something more complex to complete in the three weeks.

Cost £75 per day, or book 3 Tuesdays in a block for £200. Includes materials and refreshments, bring your own lunch. 10am – 4.30pm

January 21st, February 18th, March 17th

May 19th, June 23rd, July 21st

September 22nd, October 20th, November 17th

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CHRISTMAS SHOP

You are invited to the Old Brewery Studios Opening Day, Saturday 30th November 2019 . 12noon- 7pm.

We will then be open as a shop until 22nd December Monday-Sunday 10am -5pm, selling baskets, sculpture and garden structures.

CLOSED Sat 7th and Sun 8th December

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